Crowdsourcing an Interview

Yesterday, I was less than an hour from conducting an interview, and I had an old set of tired questions in front of me. I could have used them, but I decided to crowd source the interview questions, and many of you were there to help. It was the real-time help and brain power available to everyone as they develop a solid PLN. The new questions helped make the interview more enjoyable for me, and it provided a fresh set of questions that elicited some great responses from the candidate. Below is the list of questions as requested by many of you. Yesterday was a clear, easy way to see the power of learning from the bunch.


What do you do when your students don't learn?

What are you going to do when you hit a problem you don't know how to solve? or, when you feel like giving up?

Please share a significant failure that you have experienced. What was it ... [and its effect on you]?

Describe a time when you had an effective interaction with a student. A time with a struggling student, what did you do to help?

If a parent/colleague/administrator walks into your room, what will they see/hear/smell? Why?

What is the most important thing to walk into a classroom with organization or imagination?

"Tell me what 'thinking' looks like in your classroom"

What do you enjoy most about listening to people?

What instructional practices and/or pedagogy will you use or implement in your classroom that will ensure student success?

What influences student success?

We often talk about educating our students to enter the global society. What would a learning environment look like/be to support this?

How do you plan to "lead" in your classroom, school, and district? Describe your professional learning goals and how you are currently addressing these?

How do you view professional development? How do you keep improving yourself? What is your students’ role in your classroom? How do you address different needs?

Tell me about a time you failed and what you learned from the experience.

How did you/will you integrate technology into curriculum?

Do you use social media for professional purposes, e.g. chats?

What is the role of technology in education? Give an example of how technology can be used to transform the learning environment?

How do you engage parents? 2. Do you believe that every student can learn?+

What have you learned this week and who are you learning with?

What will the classroom look like in 30 years? Will there even be teachers?

What were the last three books you read?

What is the purpose of education? Why should students come to school?"

What is your definition of an exemplary teacher? How will you support or realize this definition in your teaching?

What does it mean to be part of a team? How do you see yourself as part of a team?